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April Newsletter

Do You Remember What You Were Doing This Week, Thirteen-Years Ago?
April 15-18, 2004 marked a high point in the history of the Ford Mustang. Thousands of Mustangs from all over the World rolled into Nashville, TN to be hosted by the Music City Mustang Club and the Mustang Club of America in, what has been described by many, as the best Mustang Celebration ever. More precisely, they basically took over Nashville. The Opry-land Hotel was completely sold out by the event, and the Nashville Superspeedway had it's single largest participation event in history. Sadly, that will never have a chance to be surpassed.

3,700 cars and over 100,000 spectators participated in the huge Mustang 40th Anniversary Celebration. The four day event actually started on Wednesday the 14th, met by snow showers and bitterly cold temperatures while the MCMC members bravely laid out the show field for the final preparations for the next days onslaught.

Thursday morning started off a little cool, but the skies cleared and the next four days were absolutely beautiful with tem-peratures in the 70's and80's. We were truly blessed with a wonderful weekend and a hugely successful spectacular event.

There were three days of High Speed Fun at the Open Track Event in the interior oval and road course of the NSS. The show field completely filled all of the upper parking areas and the vendors and sponsors were center stage in the plaza.

The opening ceremonies featured Edsel Ford II, Joe Oros, Carroll Shelby, and John Force. In fact, John and Carroll drove onto the stage in Milton Scott’s GT500 Convertible. Wow, what an entrance. Then overhead, during the National Anthem, appeared Jack Roush and his Old Crow P-51 doing the ceremonial flyover. It truly was a grand opening ceremony.

Thursday Evening, we had close to two thousand Mustangs parade from the Opryland Hotel to lower Broadway, where the city had closed off the streets for a huge block party and thousands of spectators. Boy was that nigh fun.

On Friday evening, the group took over the Grand Ole Opry for a fantastic evening of music and fun. Everyone had a wonderful time. The Saturday banquet was a little different from any other celebration ever. We chartered the entire General Jackson Showboat and had a fantastic meal, performance and keynote speakers. The cruise was one of the most successful fea-tures that has ever been done for a celebration event. I do not think it will ever be surpassed.

On Sunday, to close the event, the participant and guests filled the grandstand at the NSS. A huge stage was erected on the start/finish line of the track where the folks were entertained by Charlie Daniels and his band. What a fitting way to close the event. Charlie had never done a concert literally in his back yard.

The next morning after the event, the weather turned miserable again with rain, rain, and more rain. We were truly blessed to have had such fantastic weather. Thank you Lord.

When all of the dust settled, the event was a huge financial boom for the MCA. The final accounting was completed, and a check for $307,000.00 was presented to the MCA on behalf of the Mustang 40th Anniversary Celebration committee (the Music City Mustang Club). When you look back on this event, it is truly unbelievable that only 45 volunteers pulled off this entire event. That just goes to show you how this club pulls together to make things happen.

Once again, as the past Executive Director of the event I want to personally thank all of you that made this event hap-pen. The Mustang world was changed forever that weekend - Thirteen-Years ago this week.
Jim Chism

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